Saturday, 29 May 2010


2 years, 876 posts, about 42,000 visits from 20,000 different people. Over 140,000 page views - Wow, that's almost 200 views per day on average.

Where does everyone come from? Mainly the US (17,744 visits) and the UK (11,376), then surprisingly Pakistan (1,526) followed by Canada (1,351) and India (916). Close behind are New Zealand, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain and South Africa, with substantial numbers (over 200 visits) from Sweden, Malaysia, the Philippines, Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina, Romania and Singapore.

133 different countries in total - I welcome you all and can't express my thanks enough.

I still have a lot of work to do for world domination though. The notable gaps are: Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe in Africa. Afghanistan, Syria, Turkmenistan and Yemen in the Middle East. Burma and North Korea in Asia. Guyana, French Guiana and Surinam in South America. Papua New Guinea in Oceania and Greenland.

The top 5 posts?
Of course the homepage is top with 91,700 hits but I would never have predicted the rest:

1) Red Dwarf: Series 3 -Episode 1 (1,420 views - now pulled by YouTube)
2) Why do some people never think things through? (1,230)
3) Clement Freud dies at 84 (1,181)
4) Another version of Sundance (1,080 - pulled)
5) Red Dwarf: Series 5 -Episode 1 (981 - pulled)

Damn the entertainment police, but at least I still have my theme tune.

Madness - Baggy Trousers

Does all this make me a Bottom Dwelling Blogger? If so I'm among the best of great company and proud to be a part of this community.

Stats from Google Analytics.


dave hambidge said...

As a relative newcomer to your blog may I express hearty congrats on two years done, superb stats and the raw courage to join the bottom dwellers! Teehee.

Andy Holroyd said...

Thank you Dave. Long may we all feed from the rich mud.

Tor Hershman said...

How could anyone, as bright as ye be, be pround to be a human?

It minds the boggle.

Tor Hershman said...

orrrrrrrrrr even PROUD, for that matter.

Andy Holroyd said...

Hi Tor, I'm proud because it's the totality of humankind that makes us all what we are.

I have a friend who has no school qualifications and who grew up stealing and fighting. But he has a knowledge of animals, birds and fish which always amazes me.

Every person on the Earth counts. Each has a unique story to tell and listening may lead us to a better world for all.

jill said...

Congrats! your stats are WAY better than mine. I'm doing fantastic if I reach 30 hits a day!

The Hog said...

You're getting yourself mixed up with some pretty bad company Dude...them Bottom Dwellers will invest your blog with evil ramblings...oink

frigginloon said...

Hey Hoggie, out of the trough. Sheez, we don't want to scare Andy least he HAS stats!!!!! Welcome to the bottom dwellers club Andy.

Andy Holroyd said...

Jill - I get a LOT of hits from Google Images, and from search engines in general. I must be keyword rich. Also, some old posts go on and on like Why English is so Hard (28 hits in the last month), Red Dwarf (33 hits in the last month though it's a year since I last posted an episode and I think YouTube has pulled them all).

Some are strange, Wolfram's rule 34 still gets hits (26 last month), Rubens Tube (18) and Tom's Trap-O-Matic (13). It all adds up, throw in variations on E=mc² (42) and a few others and I had over 250 hits last month from posts about a year old or more. Add this gradual accumulation to recent popular stuff like Tim Minchin - Pope Song (576 in the first month) and it soon mushrooms.

It varies a lot too; this month is a bit quiet overall, I need another 'Tim Minchin' to get up to average.

Andy Holroyd said...

Hog - evil ramblings are welcome. Golf obsessions are another matter :)

Loon - I don't scare easily. Glad to be one of the low.

jill said...

what are you using to get those detailed stats?

Andy Holroyd said...

Jill - No more than Google Analytics and a calculator (or just text searching the lists and counting on my fingers).

I bet you could copy and paste GA results into a spreadsheet if you tried but I've never bothered. This is the first time I've really looked at my stats for, hmm, about a year. I did spend around 3 hours though.

Andy Holroyd said...

And I did mean to point out that zillions of hits turns into very, very few comments.